The Location

A short walk by a stream about 5 miles from Morpeth.

What's there

A walk by a stream, with stepping stones if the stream is not too high. There is a pub, The Forge, in Ulgham village. By the way, Ulgham is pronounced 'UFF-am'.

How to get there

Postcode for Satnav - NE61 3AU - This is the post code for Ulgham village.
Take the A197 road from Morpeth up the Whorral bank towards Ashington and Pegswood. At the top of the hill, take the second exit on the roundabout onto the B1337, signposted 'Widdrington' and follow this road for about 5 miles through Longhirst village to Ulgham. Drive right through Ulgham village, past the church on your right, and as you exit the village you will see a small road on your right signposted 'Ulgham Grange'. Turn down here and you will find a small car park on the left, near the bottom of the hill.

The Walk

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This can be a short circular walk if the river Lyne is not too high, it is really just a stream here. From the small car park, cross over the stream on the footbridge, and head up river The path can be steep and narrow in places so some care is needed. After a while the path leaves the stream and runs alongside a field, then goes back down to the stream again, where you might be able to cross over by stepping stones.

If you can cross over, then follow the pathway back down the other side, negotiating the Scots Pine that was blown over by storm Arwen, then back to the car park.

If you cannot cross the stream then you need to retrace your steps back down to the bridge. If you carry on past the bridge, then after about 100 yards you reach a ford over the stream

The Lyne above the footbridge

History

Ulgham, or Uffam is an ancient village. The name is probably Anglo-Saxon and means 'the place of owls'.

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